Category Archives: December 2007

Personally Responsible

Ever wonder why it’s so darn hard to get people to follow park rules? It seems like every time there is a park issue, it results in a request to plant more signs in the park–No littering, No fireworks, No glass bottles, No alcohol. When did good common sense or plain common courtesy become such a challenge? I have a theory. For years, society has become increasingly litigious. Many have heard about the $1million-coffee cup lawsuit involving McDonald’s. I really … Continue reading

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Signs Will Steer ‘Em Straight!

During the holidays, I scan the newspaper for announcements of activities for families. In addition to attending parks and recreation-sponsored craft fairs, holiday concerts and Lunch With Santa, I check out other community events. “King Mountain Church Offers Walk-Through Bethlehem Program,” one notice read. The article described an amazing free experience in which the public could stroll through a re-creation of Bethlehem, complete with real camels, sheep, hundreds of biblically dressed characters and even a live Baby Jesus. The article … Continue reading

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Switching Gears

With the ever-changing financial climate in municipalities, funding challenges abound as parks and recreation professionals attempt to continue to offer programs and services at previous levels. Distant is the memory of the Giant Stride (a long-extinct piece of playground equipment), and one day, so will the memory of the social model way of operating. Since the inception of the first municipal parks and recreation departments, the taxpayer has been intoxicated by the social model. Since taxes have funded these departments, … Continue reading

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Songs Of The Season

As the last of the leaves fall to the ground, folks in our part of the world move from backyard bonfire season to indoor fireplace season. In our family, that also means cleaning the s’more residue off the guitar and changing songbooks. No more five little ghosts flying two by two. Now, it’s Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and, if my brothers are around, a rousing rendition of Weird Al Yankovic’s “12 Pains of Christmas,” chock full of classic, good-natured … Continue reading

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Suds And Elbow Grease

Now that all the athletic fields, golf courses and turf areas are ready for winter, it’s time to think about the most expensive tools–the equipment that make our jobs more efficient. I know many of you haven’t finished with leaf cleanup yet, but the turf is going into dormancy. So it’s a good time to get started before some of you are shoveling snow. The Walk Around Walk around the equipment, and notice anything that is out of order. Is … Continue reading

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